Animal Crimes

Two Kittens Saved After Maine Woman Kept Throwing Them In Pond, Cops Say

When police arrived, they said Justine Lovig emerged from the pond with the two kittens and then fed the animals an egg salad sandwich. "They were eating the sandwich very quickly.”

A woman from Maine was arrested for repeatedly throwing two Bengal kittens into a pond, cops say.

Multiple witnesses told police on July 4 that Justine Lovig, 41, of Phippsburg kept submerging the cats in water, the Bangor Daily News reported. Witnesses also told police that Lovig appeared to be intoxicated.

When police arrived on the scene, Lovig was emerging from the pond with two soaked kittens.

“She admitted to submerging the kittens,” police wrote in an affidavit, obtained by the Times Record in midcoast Maine. “We walked back to her car and she fed the kittens [a] sandwich. They were eating the sandwich very quickly.”

Police said that while she fed the kittens the egg salad sandwich, she refused to explain where she obtained the animals. The kittens were shaking and they looked “as if they hadn’t eaten in a very long time,” police said.

Lovig failed two field sobriety tests administered by police, according to the Bangor News, and was charged with operating under the influence, cruelty to animals and violation of probation.

The kittens were brought to the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick, who stated on Facebook that they are now named Piglet and Eeyore. They wrote that the pair “have been through a horrific ordeal after allegedly being repeatedly thrown into Center Pond in Phippsburg, but they are now safe in our custody.”

The kittens are doing well and are “enjoying some R&R at home with one of our devoted fosters,” according to the Humane Society, who noted that the kittens may have found their new “forever home” already.

The Maine chapter of the Humane Society thanked the witnesses by the pond for taking action, and the police and the Coastal Humane Society for watching out for the kittens.

“If you see or suspect animal cruelty speak up!” they wrote. “While every state has laws prohibiting animal cruelty, including felony provisions, a law is only as good as its enforcement, so animals rely on you to protect them by reporting animal abuse.”

Lovig will be back in court on Sept. 11. 

[Photo: Phippsburg Police Department]

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